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    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Support for Women in Technology important for strong economy: Minister Enoch

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Friday, September 01, 2017

    Support for Women in Technology important for strong economy: Minister Enoch

    The Palaszczuk Government has demonstrated its strong support for women in science and technology by providing targeted assistance when it is most needed - and most effective, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said tonight (Friday).

    Speaking at the 20th Annual Women in Technology (WiT) Awards in Brisbane, Ms Enoch applauded the many Queensland women making their mark in science, technology and innovation.

    “It makes me so proud to see Queensland women behind pioneering medical innovations, world-leading discoveries in plant science, and exciting new cancer treatments,” Ms Enoch said.

    Ms Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government had backed 185 women researchers to continue their research while on maternity leave, or in covering the cost of child care.

    “The Advance Queensland Women’s Academic Fund supports female researchers to balance their research careers with their personal responsibilities and supports Queensland organisations in promoting the achievements of female researchers,” Ms Enoch said.

    “Since the program opened in August 2015, we have supported recipients across Queensland. We’ve helped 125 women with maternity funding, 52 women with career funding, and provided eight grants for lecture funding.”

    Ms Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government had invested more than $1.69 million from the Advance Queensland fund in helping women achieve their potential in science and technology.

    “It’s more important than ever to retain, develop and progress our women researchers, and their important work in Queensland,” Ms Enoch said. “Australian women currently comprise fewer than one-in-five senior academics, a situation that means a big segment of our top talent is simply not making it through the system.”

    Ms Enoch tonight presented the Palaszczuk Government-sponsored Sue Wickenden Award to Dr Carrie Hillyard and Bernadette Hyland.

    “This award has been named in honour of the late Sue Wickenden, a tremendously inspirational woman who inspired women around her to achieve their goals, and it is an honour to bestow it on two outstanding achievers in technology," Ms Enoch said.

    “Dr Carrie Hillyard is currently an Angel investor and Chairman of Fitgenes and FizzioFit and Deputy Chairman of the Mater Medical Research Institute.

    “Bernadette Hyland is the Founder & CEO of 3 Round Stones Inc., and has more than 20 years’ experience deploying enterprise data solutions in financial services, healthcare and federal governments in Australia and the US."

    WiT co-president Kristy Simpkin said this year’s finalists demonstrated some of the amazing achievements women have attained in the technology and life sciences sectors.

    “Not only have they achieved in their field of technical expertise, but they’ve also had an impact on their own organisations and the community – locally, nationally and globally,” Mrs Simpkin said.

    For more information about the Women in Technology Award winners visit www.wit.org.au

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